We Are All Criminals (WAAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging society’s perceptions of what it means to be “criminal.” Through shared stories of those who committed or were accused of committing crimes, those who got away with them, and those who have been directly affected by the criminal justice system, we seek to erase the barriers that separate us. WAAC challenges society’s perception of what it means to be a criminal. It is also a commentary on the disparate impact of our nation’s policies, policing, and prosecution: many of the participants benefited from belonging to a class and race that is not over-represented in the criminal justice system. Permanent and public criminal records perpetuate inequities, precluding millions from countless opportunities to move on and move up. WAAC calls out the injustice in those policies. (from WAAC)
1 in 4 people has a criminal record; 4 in 4 have a criminal history
In Fall of 2018, artist Daniel McCarthy Clifford collaborated with Betsy Friesen of University of Minnesota Libraries to create an art installation titled The Section of Disapproved Books at Weisman Art Museum. The installation exhibited 600+ books that have been banned or disapproved by corrections facilities across the country. Daniel and Betsy generously shared their list of books so that we at St. Kate's Libraries could create a miniature section of disapproved books from our own collections. Please see below for a list of disapproved books from our library, and find more information about Daniel's art on his website.
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